Saturday, 27 January 2018

Seville, Spain (Hilton Garden Inn)

The day started earlier than expected. About 4:00 a.m. I woke up to loud music playing – and this is through windows that dampen noise from the outside. I thought it might be a car, with windows open, that had music playing while waiting outside and thought it would stop in a few minutes. It didn’t. To make a long story short, and after calling the front desk a few times, I was offered another room. In 15 minutes I had packed (this is at 6:00 a.m.) and I moved to a room on the other side of the building. Unfortunate, but sometimes this is what you have to do.

Given I had booked a shuttle at 9:45, there was no time to get more sleep. After breakfast and a shower I climbed into the shuttle to visit the Seville Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea). Boy, was I tired!

Not a long walk to the cathedral and, not having purchased tickets beforehand, I was wondering where to buy the tickets. After checking online, I only saw the option of purchasing tickets online, but knew if I walked around the cathedral there would be a sign that would help me out. There wasn’t. I found the queue of people waiting to get in to the cathedral and confirmed with someone in line that this is the line for tickets.

I wasn’t able to get a good picture of the entire cathedral, but found the picture below online.

Cathedral Visitor Entrance

View of the Giralda Tower (12th Century) from the Orange Tree Courtyard

After buying an admission ticket I went into the cathedral. Knowing that this is the third largest cathedral in the world, I knew there would be a lot to look at. After walking through a few rooms I entered the cathedral interior. Wow – was the only thing that came to mind when I looked around. It was so big you hardly knew where to look. Chapel after chapel lined the interior with rooms extending into other parts of the cathedral could be seen.

I saw a sign that pointed towards the tomb of Christopher Columbus and I had to stop by there first. This is probably the most popular part of the cathedral and saw many people standing around taking pictures. Honestly, I didn’t know his tomb was here. (Guess I should have read up on the cathedral before visiting.) The tomb was given a prominent spot within the cathedral and I’m sure it is a draw for visitors.

Even though I had a program that offered directions to the various parts of the cathedral, I really didn’t understand the significance. There were several alters and rooms of treasures collected over the years. This made me ask why these treasures, made from various precious metals, weren’t melted down to provide assistance to the poor. Sure, they were very artistic and historic, but here they are on display when they could be more useful elsewhere. Guess that was the mood I was in. Was thinking that this is a church and not a museum, but it does attract visitors that, by paying admission, fund the maintenance of this very large building to be enjoyed.

I took a number of pictures as shown below.

After completing my visit of the cathedral, I was ready to return to the hotel. The shuttle is scheduled to return at 12:30 and I plan to be on it. While waiting, I took a picture of Paddington Bear to send to Prean and Viktor.

Once I returned to my room I was soon napping. Couldn’t keep my eyes open. When I woke, I had planned to do my laundry in the hotel’s laundry facility for guests. The laundry has both a washer and dryer and all I needed to do was to purchase some soap for 3 Euro from the front desk.

After getting the washer started, I walked to a nearby store to pick up a few items, knowing that most stores will be closed tomorrow (Sunday). By the time I returned to the hotel my clothes were washed and ready to put them in the dryer. I returned to my room to wait for the dryer to finish. This gave me time to put away my clothes and take care of email and finish booking air and hotel arrangements for my next few stays.

As I was going up and down the elevator to do laundry, I took a picture of the instructions for operating the elevator. I saw this predictive elevator arrangement in a building in Portland a few years ago, but hadn’t seen one since. This is where you enter the floor number that you’d like to reach and you’re told which elevator will arrive to take you there. There are no floor buttons within the elevator – you get in and up (or down) you go.

After finishing the wash, posting my blog update, and watching some videos on YouTube I was ready for bed.

Tomorrow, I’m visiting more places downtown and will take a relaxing walk around the central part of Seville.



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